A government official says at least 10 people have been killed and 12 injured in a bomb blast, with no charges.
Three bombs have exploded in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, killing at least 10 people and placing the city in darkness, a Afghan government spokesman said.
Two bombs exploded at various locations in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 12 others, said Interior Ministry spokesman Said Hamid Rushan.
A third bomb blast damaged a power plant north of Kabul, said Sangar Niazai, a spokesman for the state power department.
The first two bombings, all involving minibuses, occurred in Hazara, the capital, Rushan said.
The first exploded near the home of a prominent Hazara leader, Mohammad Mohaqiq, and in front of a Shia mosque. Most of the Hazaras are Shia Muslims. The second bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a packed house, but Rushan said more was still needed.
Police cordoned off the area and investigated the search.
No mention was made of him responsible for the bombing. The ISIL (ISIS) coalition operating in Afghanistan has already declared war on a minority of Shia Muslims, making up about 20% of the Sunni Muslim population with a population of 36 million.
ISIL allies are said to have been responsible for several May attacks on power stations in Afghanistan in Kabul and several other states.
On May 8, a car bomb and two roadside bombs exploded outside the Syed-al-Shahada girls’ school, as well as in the Hazara region, killing at least 90 people, most of them students. No one has said this but the US has condemned ISIL.
Removal from the US
The attack comes as the United States completes a long-running war by removing 2,500-3,500 military personnel and 7,000 NATO allies from Afghanistan. The last troops are expected to arrive by September 11 soon, sparking fears of escalating violence in a country that has been plagued by instability.
Violence has escalated in Afghanistan despite the US signing a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020 under former Trump administration.
The agreement encouraged the last US and NATO troops to leave the country by May 1, 2021. Instead, their departure began on May 1 after US President Joe Biden announced in mid-April that the country was “permanently ending the war.” , announced that forces like al-Qaeda and ISIL had been significantly reduced and it was no longer appropriate for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan.
Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to resume in Qatar, said Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan government talks group.
The two groups have been meeting since September but progress has been limited.
“I don’t see any sign of meaningful dialogue from the Taliban on the major issues facing the conflict,” Nadery said.